Child Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on Shiloh Road in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX -- April 25, 2022, a child was injured as the result of an accident where a tractor-trailer crashed into a car along Shiloh Road.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 7:30 a.m. along Shiloh Road near the intersection of Perimetter Drive.
According to officials, 51-year-old Maria Macedo De Espinoza and an unidentified man were in a Nissan Frontier traveling southbound on Shiloh. An 18-wheeler in the middle lane reportedly made an unsafe lane change, crashing into Espinoza's vehicle.
Due to the crash, a child in the Nissan reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries. Additional details surrounding the crash are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on Shiloh Road in Dallas
Put simply, a truck driver should be able to do something as simple as change lanes without hitting someone. Maybe there were extenuating circumstances here the truck driver had no control over, but this sort of thing is almost always the result of inattentiveness. Many times, investigations show that the truck driver was in a hurry, and that can lead to more complex issues requiring more thorough investigations.
Case in point, I had a situation a while back where a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel. He had been driving for over 20 hours straight because he had an absolutely ludicrous deadline to meet. Through our investigations, we found that his employer would routinely set these deadlines. If drivers didn't take steps to meet these expectations, they risked losing their jobs. Naturally, drivers forced to choose between being safe and putting food on their family's table are going to make mistakes.
So while some would see situations like that as open-and-shut, more experienced professionals know there are more steps necessary to address such serious actions. Getting people the help they need is a priority, but so is ensuring the right people are held accountable for their actions. It remains to be seen if those steps were taken here.